Local swimmers compete at Houston

   Swim Houston Aquatic Club hosted a Senior Meet (13 & over) Nov. 7 & 8
 Top Five Team Scores: Highlands Ranch (Colorado) 815 ½, Swim Houston 605 ½, Sharks 240, Aquastar 203, Rice 135
   All distance in yards. All events were combined (no age groups). Scoring was through 8 places.
   Local ShAC athletes with top 8 finishes:
   Oliver Spencer (14)
   100 freestyle – 1st - :50.91
   50 butterfly – 1st - :25.96
   50 freestyle – 1st - :23.86
   50 backstroke – 2nd - :29.32
   100 butterfly – 5th - 1:01.02
   Sophie Stowers (13)
   400 individual medley – 1st 4:59.42
   200 individual medley – 5th – 2:19.24
   50 freestyle – 5th - :26.86
   100 freestyle – 7th - :57.64
   200 freestyle – 8th 2:06.12
   Matthew Brooks (16)
   200 breaststroke – 8th – 2:46.36
   50 butterfly – 8th - :31.65
   Coach’s comments:
   The kids had an outstanding meet! We had quite a few lifetime bests and trained through the meet without resting.
   Sophie had gone a 6,000 yard workout the night before the meet and still managed some great swims in the i.m.’s. She’s really improved in the middle strokes (back & breast). This was her first meet since “aging up” from the 11/12 division.
   Oliver had a big drop in the 100 free and is aiming to crack the fifty second barrier. “Toro” is training like a bull in a china shop right now. You don’t want to be in his way when he’s working out!
   Matthew swam tired but still managed a couple of top-eight finishes for us.
   Swim Houston Aquatic Club hosted a 14 & Under meet Nov. 14 & 15
   Top Five Team Scores: Swim Houston 3,116 ½, Rice 1,643, Aquastar 1,440, Escalate 934 ½, Team 300 430
   All distance in yards. Scoring was through 8 places.
   Local ShAC athletes with top 8 finishes:
   Luke Cook (14)
   200 freestyle – 1st – 2:07.63
   500 freestyle – 1st – 5:33.68
   200 butterfly – 3rd – 2:39.11
   200 individual medley – 4th – 2:34.61
   200 backstroke – 5th – 2:38.46
   50 backstroke – 7th - :34.81
   Julia Cook (12)
   200 backstroke – 3rd – 2:44.41
   200 butterfly – 3rd – 2:50.71
   100 freestyle – 8th – 1:06.82
   100 backstroke – 8th – 1:16.30
   Coach’s comments:
   As with the group that swam in the Senior meet, we didn’t rest the kids for this meet. Their Friday the 13th workout was over 6,500 yards!
   It was the breakout meet we’ve been expecting for Julia. She swam lifetime bests in six of her eight races and scored top-eight finishes in half of those.
   Luke continues to have big time drops and is becoming a force in the longer distances. He’s embraced what it means to be a “D-man” and takes on the volume distance swimmers require without complaint.

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